How to connect to the Operations and Web Console


This version of Operations Manager has reached the end of support, we recommend you to upgrade to Operations Manager 2019.

System Center Operations Manager includes two consoles, the Operations console and Web console. To view operational data and administer the management group configuration, you use the Operations console. The Web console provides a light-weight interface with essential functionality to view the monitoring data, which avoids having to manage the lifecycle deployment of the Operations console.

In this section we provide information on how to connect to the Operations and Web console.

How to connect to the Operations console

The System Center Operations Manager Operations console can be installed on any computer that meets the system requirements. When you open the Operations console on a management server, the console connects to that management server, however you can use the following procedure to connect to a different management server. When you initially open the Operations console on a computer that is not a management server, you must specify the management server to connect to. The following image shows the Connect To Server dialog box.

Dialog box to connect console to server

To connect an Operations console to a management server

  1. Click Start, for System Center 2016 - Operations Manager select Microsoft System Center 2016\Operations Console, or for version 1801 and later select Microsoft System Center\Operations Console to open the Operations console.

  2. In the Connect To Server dialog box, type in the server name or select a server from the list. (In the image above, the console has not yet connected to any management group. If the console has previously connected to any management servers, the servers will be listed in Recent Connections.)

The Operations console opens with the focus on the Monitoring workspace.

To change the management server that the Operations console is connected to

  1. In the Operations console, click Tools and then click Connect... as shown in the following image, which will open the Connect To Server window.

    Connect option from the Tools menu

How to Connect to the Web console

In System Center Operations Manager, the web console provides a monitoring interface for a management group that can be opened on any computer that has connectivity to the Web console server. The Web console is limited to My Workspace and the Monitoring workspace.


You must use Internet Explorer 11 to connect to the web console in both System Center 2016 - Operations Manager and version 1801 to access the Silverlight-enabled dashboards. In addition, the Operations Manager web console requires that JavaScript be enabled and Silverlight version 5 is installed on the client computer. To enable JavaScript in Internet Explorer, open Internet Options, and click the Security tab. Select the zone for the Web console (Internet, Local intranet, or Trusted sites), and then click Custom level. Enable Active scripting, click OK, click OK, and then connect to the Web console. The web console does not support running IE in Compatibility View, otherwise you will receive a blank page when attempting to access the console. To turn off Compatibility View feature, please see How to use Compatibility View in Internet Explorer

By default, the web console session is limited to 30 minutes. You can change this limit by editing the web.config file (C:\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2016\Operations Manager\WebConsole\WebHost is the default path) and changing the autoSignOutInterval value from "30" to a shorter or longer interval, or disable the session limit by changing the value to "0", as shown in the following example.

<connection autoSignIn="true" autoSignOutInterval="0">  


After you change the web.config file, you must open a new Web console session for the changes to take effect.

To connect to a Web console

  • Open a web browser on any computer and enter http://<web host>/OperationsManager, where web host is the name of the computer hosting the web console.

For information on installing the Web console, see Install the Operations Manager Web console.

Next steps

  • In the Operations console, you view monitoring data, manage monitoring configuration, create your own custom views and dashboards that are personalized for your experience, and perform management group configuration administration by Using the Operations Manager Operations console.